This'll Show Abercrombie & Fitch -
In response to Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries not wanting “not so cool” kids or women who wear size large to wear his company’s clothes, Greg Karber has come up with a funny and creative way to readjust the Abercrombie & Fitch brand.
Yeahhhh… I have some serious issues with this #FitchtheHomeless thing. I get the idea: stick it to Abercrombie! But the method for sticking it is to say, “You want cool people to wear your clothes, so HAHAHA look at all the gross and uncool homeless people wearing them!” That’s the message you’re trying to send with this, right? That is exploitation. I am pro-giving clothes to the homeless and pro-telling Abercrombie to shove it, but this particular combination is flat-out wrong.
Instead, start giving Abercrombie clothes to the parents of teenagers. Kids are one polo-shirt-wearing soccer mom away from never going near that stank store ever again.
STFU, Conservatives: Gender-Neutral Restrooms Become the Law -
When Mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation Thursday to afford equal rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, he said he hoped Philadelphia would become “the most LGBT-friendly” city in the world.
One piece of that comprehnsive legislation will forever…
Say WHAT?! The Boston Globe reported 2 hours beforehand that a “controlled explosion” would go off in the exact location where 19 year old pot-smoker Tsarnaev is supposed to have detonated the first bomb… things that make you go ‘HMMM!…’Although the gruesome sight of mangled body parts is an everyday reality in countries occupied or bombed by the U.S. military, the ‘double-tap’ bombing in downtown Boston on ‘Tax Day’, Monday 15th April, was the first terror attack on U.S. soil in 12 years. Anyone with a couple of neurons firing will have noticed by now that the official story is riddled with inconsistencies. In fact, it makes absolutely no sense at all. In fact, there is no ‘official story’; U.S. authorities have clearly just been making stuff up as they go along, hoping that the emotional trauma of a terrorist attack will suffice to ‘win the hearts and minds of the American people’. So far it appears to be working, but when we discussed this on a recent SOTT Talk Radio show, we had a few callers who were completely exasperated with the contradictory, incomplete, and simply unbelievable accounts of last week’s events in Boston.
It was a strange week in more ways than one. It was the 20th anniversary of the Waco Massacre. It was the 18th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing. It was the 14th anniversary of the Columbine School Massacre. And the bombings happened on the 238th anniversary of the opening shots in the American Revolutionary War. Coincidences? Or by design?
Every. Single. Time. Get it yet?
Seriously, if we believe a 14 year old is too immature to know how to take a pill, do we really think she’s adult enough to handle an unwanted pregnancy?
The truth is that the age restriction is completely arbitrary, tied only to our puritanical comfort levels. And listen, I get it; I think it’s fair to say that most people are uncomfortable with the idea of a 14 year old having sex. But here’s the thing - access to Plan B isn’t about keeping a 14 year old from having sex - by the time she gets to the pharmacy, that ship has sailed - it’s about keeping a 14 year old who has already had sex from getting pregnant. And despite what urban legend (or past embarrassing FDA memos) may tell you, making emergency contraception more available is not more likely to make young teens have sex - it will just make them less likely to end up pregnant.
We can’t let our discomfort with teen sex trump young people’s right to sexual and reproductive health and we can’t continue to let politics trump science. If we care about young women’s health and bodily autonomy and integrity, we’ll drop all age restrictions from emergency contraception. Anything less isn’t just illogical - it’s immoral. —
“Hey, FDA: Drop the Plan B Age Restriction,” my latest at The Nation (via jessicavalenti)
No fucking shit. Hey, your call dummies: Do you want
a) a bunch of teenage girls taking morning after pills
b) a bunch of pregnant teenage girls?
Because there is no option c here.
Lightning round, bonus points to whoever can guess how many of those pregnant teenage girls will get the abortions you all dread so much…
and how many will die for not getting them…
or not getting them legally since I’m sure you’ll make that as impossible as you can for them too.
What would you do with a $50k lottery ticket? -
…if you were homeless?
Empathy for loved ones AND strangers -
George and John in 1997
I don’t have more love for one than another; I have more love for one and another.
Notice your feelings
Keep still while reeling
Think first and then act
Add love, hate subtract
Divide by zero, and multiply all
Listening and hearing
Loving and fearing
Practice makes perfect
First act, then direct
Do what you will be: humanity’s call
April 4, 2013 @ 7pm
I got bare-ass spankings as a child from my step-dad. Once the belt on a clothed behind from my dad. I was also struck with wooden spoons, wet rags, hairbrushes, or whatever was handy at the time by my mom. My grandmom confirms her daughters’ claims that she wielded her infamous yardstick against them many times.
While there are a few other disciplinary experiences I had that went beyond the aforementioned (and were abusive) I firmly believe this video* and the experiences I referred to do not represent illegal action by a parent against a child.
That said, I’d like to believe that if I were in this situation**, I’d have avoided reacting physically like this man and gotten creative instead. Rather than remembering his knee-jerk reaction, his daughters could have benefited greatly from learning a different lesson than just “ouch.” Extreme physical pain fades quickly, but intense intellectual learning takes effort and lasts a lifetime.
Therefore, I might have grounded them immediately (no TV, unsupervised computer time, or communication with friends outside of school except via written letter). Their freedom from these restrictions could be gained once they each earn an A grade on their individual 5-page persuasive papers against the sexualization of children.
What do you consider to be an appropriate parental response?
** For the record: I’m NOT a parent, just an aunt.